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Chin and Cheek Implants

Chin and Cheeck Implants Santa Barbara

It is possible to change or enhance facial appearance by changing the underlying facial bone structure.  The most common way to do that is by augmenting a particular facial bone feature with implants.  Implants can be made of various materials and are long-lasting.  Most of the time a solid silicone material is used.   Chin implants improve the profile of the face and can be shaped and contoured in various shapes.  This can give a patient with a weak, narrow, or retruded chin a nice change.  Also,  a stronger chin allows for more graceful aging because the soft tissues have more support.  Cheek implants, either malar (high cheek) or submalar (below cheek) , can add fullness and definition to the face especially after facial atrophy associated with aging.  When used alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery permanent chin and cheek implants may provide a rejuvenated appearance.

Facial bone augmentation can be done under local or general anesthesia.  Chin implants are inserted in front of the bone in order to augment the chin or jaw.  A small incision is made either inside the mouth or under the chin to allow the implant to be positioned in a pocket just over the bone.  With cheek augmentation, incisions are usually made inside the mouth where the cheek meets the gum.   After placement the access incision is closed carefully.  Antibiotics are usually given during and after the procedure to prevent infection.

Recovery is easy and little pain can be expected.  Some bruising and swelling occurs and lasts several days. After chin implantation the lower lip doesn’t move completely normally for several weeks but this is only usually noticeable by the patient and doctor. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after surgery.